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an ambitious plan

Now that the death march hours should be finally over, I'm looking at the physical damage it's done. I haven't been to the gym in three weeks, and I've been consuming a lot of caffeine. My liver is sore, and my right leg/hip are aching enough that I'm getting a bit of a limp again.

I'm going to take it easy this week, just stretching and lower impact cardio, both to ease back into exercising, and to give myself more time to get ready for camping this coming weekend.

I'm also going to try to a "detox" - I am going to try to give up alcohol, caffeine and sweets for three weeks to give my body a chance to heal a bit. We'll see how possible it is; caffeine-free and driving on less than enough sleep can be risky, and sugar is usually my backup stimulant when I am avoiding caffeine.

Right now, I rather wish I could just crawl off and nap for a couple days.

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neeuqdrazil
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
We'll just have to make sure that we get to bed at a reasonable hour most nights this week.
delerium69
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, to be able to abuse my body again. Such memories.

Feel better soon. Good luck with the detoxing; I know it can be hard.
dairymilk
Jun. 16th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Your icon is beautiful!
delerium69
Jun. 16th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks! I've really liked this painting for a long while.
redsash
Jun. 16th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I have had success with separating my protein and carbohydrate intake for both weight loss and managing alertness. The theory is that eating pure protein will flood your brain with seratonin, helping you stay awake and alert, while eating carbs will produce dopamine, making you feel sleepy and content.

Of course seratonin and dopamine are antagonistic, so if you give yourself a few minutes to digest the protein (for example) then the seratonin will fill up all the receptors and eating your carbs won't make you sleepy.

It only takes a few minutes, but you have to be careful about even fruit juice and such. I find that animal protein -- boiled egg or a kipper or something -- first thing in the am is ideal. And on the other end, a bit of bread or pasta in the evening will help make you sleepy.

This strategy nicely compliments the technique of eating many small meals instead of a few big ones.

~r
mycrazyhair
Jun. 17th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm getting back to the gym this week too. I'm very afraid to do our "monthly" photo.
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